Silicon Valley Notebook


Anna Garvey


This research studied the effects of children’s activities, family and social environments on their health. Results from the National Survey of Children’s Health (2011- 2012), supplemented by qualitative interviews with seven child development professionals, revealed that while children’s activities promoted health, parental control and distressed neighborhoods worsened it. These findings were supported by a set of theories, including Social Interactionism and Ecological Systems, and added to the literature on children’s health in today’s digital world.